THURSDAY 9 MAY

Public Procurement: Open to Businesses and Local Communities

Main Hall, Level 1, Hotel Holiday

The open government movement has created the means for revolutionizing the way governments work across the world, generating the space for active citizen participation and driving efficiencies in governments. The panel will discuss how more transparent procurement processes can have an impact on improving competitiveness, lowering barriers to entry for small and medium-size enterprises, as well as curbing corruption and strengthening trust in the process. This event is organized jointly with the Open Contracting Partnership and UNDP’s Regional Office in Istanbul.

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Milica Delevic

Director, Governance & Political Affairs, EBRD

Milica Delevic is the Director for Governance and Political Affairs at the EBRD. She was previously EBRD’s Deputy Secretary General, Shareholder Relations.
Prior to joining the Bank, Milica worked as the Director of the European Integration Office of the Serbian Government and chaired the Committee for European Integration in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia. She has also lectured on foreign policy and European integration at the University of Belgrade in Serbia and the Central European Academy and was Deputy Director of the Diplomatic Academy of the Serbia and Montenegro Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Milica holds a BA from the University of Belgrade, a MA from the Central European University, and a PhD from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Karolis Granickas

Senior program manager, Open Contracting Partnership

Karolis Granickas is Senior Program Manager at Open Contracting Partnership. He works to demonstrate the positive impact of opening up contracting data worldwide and contributes to the creation of tools and methodologies for evaluating change propelled by open contracting.
Karolis worked previously with Transparency International Lithuania, focusing on citizen engagement using ICT. He also contributed to global open data advocacy efforts, together with the Epsi platform, Open Knowledge International, and the Open Data Institute amongst others. From 2014 to 2016, he was a national researcher within the Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism.
He holds a Masters in Law from Maastricht University and a Bachelors in Law from Westminster University.